Brookfield has received more grant money than anticipated for Phase 2 of the Four Corners Streetscape project. The town put up $475,000 and asked for matching grant funding. First Selectman Steve Dunn told his fellow Selectmen at their meeting Monday that $875,000 has actually been granted. Phase 2 is now completely paid for. The town does not have to match the higher than expected grant amount.
The state Department of Transportation has hired outside engineers to provide additional help. The town has started to put together the Request for Proposals. Phase 2 is from the end of Phase 1, the corner of the funeral home, south to The Hearth restaurant. The project includes lights, benches, parking spaces, curbing, and garbage cans.
Brookfield officials are working with the DOT, which is requiring a cross walk from the Still River Greenway to the west side of the road.
Dunn says a developer is looking to build a grocery store and a Starbucks next to the Greenway, across from the Hearth. The developer has already gotten approval from the DOT for a cut on Federal Road. The DOT is recommending that it's directly across from Laurel Hill. They suggest putting a stop light there, with the cross walk.
Dunn says the plan right now is to put in a cross walk at the north end of the Greenway, but that may change.